We can all agree that gray hair represents a great aesthetic problem, both for women and men. It affects one’s self-confidence and thus people try various different ways and methods to get rid of it.
Today, the number of women and men with white hair while in their 30-ies is very high and it is constantly increasing.
We will start by saying what causes the appearance of white hairs in the first place. Hair growth is a process in which the hair follicles push out the old hair cells because of the creation of new cells.
This process has three stages: the first called growth (anagen), the second called cessation (catagen), the third called rest (telogen). In the final stage, the rest stage, the hair reaches the end of its lifespan and falls off. Then a new hair starts growing in its place. While the hair is growing, it is infused with pigments, which give the hair its color. As a person ages the quantity of pigments that are infused into each and every strand decreases, thus the hair turns gray, and as time passes by it eventually turns white.
Furthermore, there are many factors connected to the reasons as to why the hair loses its pigment. However, contrary to popular belief, the appearance of white hair is not due to stress. Not directly at least.
Here are some of the most common factors that are responsible for white hair: aging, excessive stress, genetics, lack of sleep and unhealthy diet.
– Hormones – The hormone balance has a great role in the pigmentation of the hair. An imbalance can result in your hair turning white.
– Genetics -Genes are the most dominant factor when determining the age at which your hair will start to lose pigment. Sometimes, for some individuals it happens even before they reach 20 years. And sometimes, for others white hair starts appearing later in life.
– Stress – Stressful and hectic schedules are a major factor of premature graying.
– Junk food and excessive alcohol intake also cause white hair.
– Extrinsic Factors – Some changes to the color of your hair color can happen because of external factors such as: exposure to some chemicals, pollution and climate. These factors also speed up the process of aging.
– Chemicals – Occasionally, chemical-based hair dyes, soaps, shampoos, and other hair products could directly cause the appearance of white hair. It can also result from allergic infections.
– Medical Conditions – Some underlying medical conditions can trigger the loss of pigment in your hair. These include problems with the thyroid gland and pituitary glands or deficiency of vitamin B12.
– Loss of pigment – A new breakthrough, concerning the pigment loss of the hair, found that the hair follicles discharge a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide, that gets accumulated with time. This accumulation causes the hair to turn gray, thus with time, eventually even white. Therefore, by getting rid of this accumulation, your hair should to recover its original color.
– Deficiency Of Melanin – In most cases, a melanin deficiency is the major factor behind hair whitening. Appropriate nutrition and protein supplements are essential for the required production of melanin. Deficiency of these nutrients can cause melanin to fall below the acceptable levels.
There are various hair dyes in the stores, however they are all chemical-based and therefore very harmful for the scalp and the hair as well. A far more acceptable alternative are many various natural remedies that can be just as affective. One of the more largely known ancient remedy which darkens the hair is the method of rinsing the hair with potato rinds’ water. Potatoes have properties to naturally dye the hair in only few weeks or a month or two (depending on the hair type).
Preparation and Instructions:
– Start by peeling 5 or 6 medium or big potatoes. Place the rinds in a pot add two cups of water. Put the pan over heat. As soon as the water starts to boil reduce the heat and leave them to boil for about 15 to 20 minutes. After that let the mixture cool down, and then pour it in a large bowl. Finally, filtrate the mixture and get rid of the potato rinds. Store this remedy in a glass bottle which can be shut hermetically. For a better smell, you can also add a few drops of lavender oil or rosemary oil.
– Wash and condition your hair as you normally do. Gray hair is generally dry so it should be hydrated properly. After, massage the potato rinds’ water into your hair. DO NOT RINSE IT! Brush and dry your hair as you normally do.
– Do not keep this remedy in the fridge! Do this treatment on a daily basis or 2 to 3 times per week for a few weeks or months. Have patience, as it takes a while to achieve the wanted results!